My apologies for posting this in Foo, but due to the nature...it didn't seem to fit anywhere else.
This October I had the good fortune to come across a Litespeed titanium frame...in a dumpster at the 24 Hours of Moab.
Before you doubt me, the frame was there because it was broken. A teammate had pulled it out and was in the process of throwing it back in the dumpster when I stopped him. I figured at worst the titanium tubing would be useful to a welder friend of mine.
Once home I showed him the prize, what turned out to be an early 2000's Pisgah, and he recommended I have Ron Andrews of King Cage fame look it over. Ron welded it up for a paltry sum and did a great job, but considering how badly broken it was, I didn't feel comfortable building it up for the serious off-road riding it was originally designed for.
Other than shabby decals it appeared to be in fine shape. Upon close inspection there is a good ding in the downtube, most likely the source of the break...possibly involving a broken fork.
I figured at best I could use it as a rust-proof townie bike and started going through my parts stash to see what I had to build it up with. The first issue was measuring the integrated headset and ordering it in. In the meantime I got after those decals with a Dremel nylon wheel that removed them without any damage to the frame, then polished it with a Scotchbrite pad as per Ron's instruction.
Unfortunately the Pisgah's headset is a semi-rare size and choices were slim, but once a new Cane Creek IS-2 arrived I was able to do a mock install of the fork: a 1997 New Old Stock Girvin Crosslink Elite I'd purchased a number of years ago for a chopper bike project that never came together.
I weighed the Crosslink just for grins and it surprised me with an even 4 lbs. As an early competitor to RockShox, Girvin produced a very nice fork, but due to the girder design found limits with travel effecting wheelbase. In any case, it's a new unused fork and figured that at least it could get some use. It was even nicer to find that Risse racing still produces an upgrade air shock for it that knocks off 1/2 lb and adds adjustability over the stock Noleen NR-1. I filed that info for further reference and moved on to ordering some parts.
After stripping the decals the frame seemed to lend itself to white parts. Last year a lot of relatively cheap parts for DH and All Mountain usage came on the market, this next season there will be even more. I thought that would look cool, so I ordered some up and just today mocked them up on the Pisgah.
The parts are Truvativ, a Hussefelt bar and an AKA stem. After installing, almost immediately...something seemed wrong. The theme that came out after installing the Girvin fork was to make a bike that at a distance has the looks and simplicity of a late 90's vintage bike, but upon closer inspection has all the function of a newer bike. The white bars seem to ruin that look. I was beginning to regret the decision to apply white parts...
For you (fellow) parts geeks, the list is as follows:
- Deore crankset w/outboard bearings, 22/32/44 in silver
- Ultegra long cage derailleur, silver
- Acera front derailleur, silver
- Dura-Ace barcon shifters, 9-speed
- Paul's Thumbies, black (though they could be polished)
- HG80 cassette, 11-32
- Deore linear brakes and levers, silver
- Schwalbe Fat Frank 26X2.3 tires, brown
- Lizard Skins NorthShore grips, brown
- Deore wheelset with Sun Rhynolite rims, SS spokes, all silver
- Saddle TBD
- Seatpost TBD
- Chain and cables from shop stock
I was planning to get a Control Tech seatpost in white and a tan saddle, but things change...
What I'm looking for now is input. The fork just doesn't go with the bars. I was thinking that if I did stick with the white theme, the fork legs could be painted white without too much trouble. The fork linkages could either be left black or polished...or some combination. After seeing the bars on the bike, I'm also leaning toward going with a more period-correct-looking flat silver bar and stem, then polishing the fork legs. I could always use the white bars and stem on another project...or even sell them in the shop.
If the bike worked out to be off-road worthy and relatively lightweight, I'd pop for the Risse shock upgrade and some MTB tires. I already have a nice American Classic seatpost and a light tan saddle that would go nicely. But, if this is to be a townie...all that matters is style.